In an effort to show the big bad NCAA that they are distancing themselves from trouble, Ohio State University has told former quarterback Terrelle Pryor that he is banned from any contact with the school’s athletic department for the next five years.
After being suspended for the first five games of the 2011 season for selling OSU memorabilia and taking improper benefits (cash), Pryor announced that he was going to forego his senior year and declare his availability for the NFL Supplemental Draft. The Supplemental is meant for players who missed the filing date for the regular NFL Draft or underwent some change ineligibility between the regular draft and the start of the next season.
There was a question as to whether Pryor’s five game suspension qualified as a change in eligibility. Pryor’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, asked that the Buckeye athletic department issue a statement that Pryor would have been ineligible for the remainder of the season following his five game suspension. So on Tuesday, OSU officials did just that.
Tuesday’s statement included the five year ban. I wonder who had more input into the idea of the ban – the compliance department or the public relations staff. It’s quite obvious that Ohio State is trying to alleviate the hammer that the NCAA could impose on them. Five game suspensions and a two year self-imposed probationary period shouldn’t be enough for what’s gone on their for presumably the last decade.
Pryor is expected be worth merely a fifth or sixth round pick in the Supplemental Draft.